If you're a beer fan in America, you're living in the golden age of the craft brewery revolution. It's never been a better time to be a beer drinker, but that doesn't mean every beverage is a home run. While it's fun to talk about the best-tasting beers in the world, sometimes discussing the beers that deserve to be poured down the drain is more enjoyable.
A recent poll amount beer drinkers revealed some of the worst beers on the market today. If you're looking for drinks to avoid in the new year, here you go.
1. Beer 30
A staple of crappy beer nights and fans of the Dollar Store, this beer will, erm, surprise your taste buds. It's unpleasant, but it's wet. And if you refrigerate it, it's cold. Could be worse, eh?
2. Keystone Light
Ah, yes, American light beer. It's clearish and tastes terrible. Enjoy.
3. Natural Light
Natural Light, aka Natty Light, is a staple of college parties because, well, it's cheap. Does it taste good? Nope. But hey, remember, it's cheap.
4. Milwaukee's Best
A staple of poor college kids trying to salvage a Friday night on campus, Milwaukee's Best — or “Beast,” as many refer to it — brings me back to the days of suffering through some seriously retched brews. If this beer truly represents the best of Milwaukee, I shudder to think what represents their worst.
5. Any Pumpkin-Flavored Beer
Why are seemingly all beverage companies obsessed with pumpkin flavoring during the fall months? Many drinkers lament that this trend has crossed over into the beer world. Countless people believe that pumpkin spice is a decent flavor to add to a coffee but not to an ice-cold beer. Yuck.
6. Coors Light
Coors Light is synonymous with many things. From professional football to the Rocky Mountains, it is one of the first beers that come to mind for American consumers. But, unfortunately, not everyone is a fan.
Even though Budweiser is extremely popular in the United States, many don't enjoy drinking it because it was often their first introduction to beer. Take me, for example. My first sip of beer came from a warm Budweiser can, and even to this day, I can't bring myself to drink one. The same can be said for Bud Light, too.
The brewing process of Heineken is complicated, so quality control is not a hallmark of the brewery. As a result, many beer drinkers report that they don't enjoy the taste of the beer at all, despite the company's massive worldwide success. Fun fact: my parents gave me a Heineken as my first beer for the sole purpose of trying to make me dislike the taste of beer.
Another relic from many drinkers' college years, Icehouse has a reputation for being a bottom-of-the-barrel beverage in terms of quality. So, if you attended college in the Midwest and Bud Light was just too expensive for you, Icehouse took up a permanent spot in your refrigerator.
10. Rolling Rock
To some people, Rolling Rock is even worse-tasting than beers like Icehouse. Many view this beer, which was first made in 1939, as undrinkable.
11. Kirkland Light
While it's common to dislike a beer's taste, it's increasingly rare to hate a specific beer so much that you throw out an entire case in disgust!
12. Pabst Blue Ribbon
The unofficial beer of hipsters nationwide, countless people believe that Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) is nothing more than cheaply-made swill enjoyed by elderly mechanics and ironic college students. PBR's popularity confounds a lot of people in America.
13. Iron City
Proudly brewed in Pittsburgh, suffering through a can of Iron City is a rite of passage for many college students in western Pennsylvania. Unsurprisingly, plenty of people equate drinking this beer with vomiting and having the worst hangovers the next day. I've had Iron City before and can confirm that this beer is the pits.
14. Any India Pale Ale
While the craft beer boom of the 21st century brought India Pale Ales (IPAs) to the forefront of American beer drinkers' consciousness, it still has plenty of detractors due to its unique taste. Countless people express dismay over the overly-hopped and bold flavor profile that defines IPA, especially older drinkers.
This shouldn't be a shock given that many IPA fans are younger people.